Ghost stories

Julie Harris in the 1963 film The Haunting, based on Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House

Shirley Jackson, high priestess of horror, finally gets the recognition she deserves

3 December 2016 9:00 am

A film critic friend, astonished that I had never heard of Shirley Jackson, told me to go and read her…

Bedtime reading at Hallowe’en

29 October 2015 9:00 am

The thick of autumn is upon us, dear reader, and with it the shivers. Around Hallowe’en you may be tempted…

BBC1’s Remember Me: the curious case of the killer Yorkshire taps

6 December 2014 9:00 am

BBC1’s authentically spooky three-part ghost story Remember Me hasn’t yet revealed what’s really going on in that gloomy Yorkshire town.…

How do you like your pop: clean, dirty or downright soap-shy?

12 July 2014 9:00 am

I am still listening to the new Coldplay album, and liking it more and more, and not just because everyone…

Mysteries and hauntings

18 December 2010 12:00 am

Javier Marias’s elegant new volume is a collection of ghost stories, but its alluring dust jacket, illustrating the first tale, shows us a sunny midsummer image of a woman in a bikini admiring herself on a beach.

M. R. James’s dark world

18 December 2010 12:00 am

M. R. James died at peace with himself and the world. We can be reasonably confident in claiming that after…